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Google Maps location history

Google Maps logs very a detailed personal location timeline.

The API for this has been removed, so this isn’t possible.

19 votes

Tagged as Integration

Suggested 12 October 2017 by user Arthur Carmichael

Moved into Not possible/Seek alternatives 14 October 2017

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    This could still be made manual via importing the history retrieved from Takeout: https://takeout.google.com/settings/takeout/custom/location_history It’s very convenient for Android users that have it enabled as it requires very little user attention. Also it could benefit others who can manage to generate compatible location data.

    15 June 2018
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    Sure, that could work, but we generally avoid anything that requires regular manual effort, as this puts too much onus on the user to keep their data correct and up to date.

    15 June 2018
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    If it’s any other data source, I’d agree on the cons of manual effort. There are many useful data that can be exported from Google only via exports/takeouts, correct me if I’m wrong, like location history, search history, etc.. It could be worthy to dig into the correlations between these activities and the rest that’s covered by Exist.io.

    18 June 2018
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    Please reconsider this… I resurrected my Foursquare account only to track the locations. I have to admit Foursquare also has got the ability to track locations in the background, but it’s not so reliable as Google Map’s timeline, which is understandable. Now I must often turn to my phone to check in. Total boredom.

    27 June 2018
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    With 5 votes, and manual effort, this one won’t be added any time soon I’m afraid. You’re welcome to use our API to connect your Maps location history to Exist yourself though.

    27 June 2018
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    Can this be reopened for consideration? There is a way to automate getting this information from Google maps using a Python plugin. I’ll look more into using the Existing API.

    30 November 2018
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    Could you link me to the package please? If it doesn’t require us to know your Google password, for example, I’m happy to consider it.

    30 November 2018
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    I guess the only way to do so would be to create an Exist Google account that people could share their location with. Not sure if that’s too hackey of a work around, but it would work! I’m having trouble linking to it from my phone, but the module is called locationsharinglib by costastf on GitHub and it’s the first thing that comes up on Google.

    03 December 2018
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    16 votes now. Honestly I ended my subscription due to the lack of support of this, months ago. Although I sometimes find it’s fun with all the gamification by 4sq, it’s a boredom having to log my location all the time. I understand exporting from Google history then importing into Exist.io is all manual, and probably get in the way of how Exist.io works because there’s always some possibility that a user can bring in data that are a few days old. If this is implemented, I’ll re-subscribe, otherwise only rescuetime is enough for me. Exist.io encouraged me to aggregate my personal data and to find correlations, with location data matters the most to me.

    08 May
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    I really want this! I love recording my location history and Foursquare just doesn’t cut it!

    Please people, vote! You would then need to not manually check in places on Foursquare.

    09 May
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    As you can see this is listed under not possible, as it has no API, so even with more votes it still won’t be possible I’m afraid.

    09 May
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    Sorry. I was voting in the context of manually importing location data from Takeout. Maybe a new suggestion should be made for this? Or, the topic renamed?

    10 May
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    We’re not planning on any specific manual imports, as mentioned earlier in the thread. You could vote for the general CSV/JSON import suggestion if you like though, or use our API to build an importer yourself, or get a developer friend to help you.

    10 May
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    I’m a developer myself… You had suggested and I had skimmed through your APIs, too. Honestly, I don’t want to do the extra because Exist.io is a paid service; I’d spend the time to save the whole $6/mo subscription than something I need on top of it. The $6/mo is meant for saving time, to me. Google’s Takeout takes a few minutes once in a while and I can bear the history data loss if I’m too under-motivated to do it.

    10 May
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    No worries, that’s what the import suggestion is for 🙂

    11 May